Tracey Emin Draws on Raw Emotional Power

Tracey Emin Draws on Raw Emotional Power

“The Last Great Adventure is You” brings the artist home to the White Cube Gallery

by Maria Raposo

You either love her or you hate her. As polarizing as Tracey Emin’s work may be, it cannot be denied that she has helped change the landscape of contemporary British. Today the White Cube gallery opens one of the biggest shows of her career to the public, entitled “The Last Great Adventure is You”.

Famous for her storytelling, Tracey Emin knows how to engage the viewer with raw and honest explorations of her deepest emotions. Exposing personal details of her life, including rape, drug abuse and masturbation, through her works, Emin creates an intimate connection with the viewer that makes other artists appear aloof in comparison. She put herself on the map with controversial confessional works such as “My Bed”, which showed us her slept-in bed in all its embarrassing grandeur; covered with condom wrappers and underwear, tinged with body odor.

With such a big personality, Emin is known in some quarters as a bona fide celebrity and an outright diva, tipping the line of interest between fear and fascination.

In her current exhibition her distressed bronze female figures sit next to gangly fleshy painted female nudes and large neon works. The exhibition archives the contemplative nature of work by artist who has consistently examined her life with excoriating candour.

We look back at some of our favourite moments of the artist's career and works from her current exhibition.

Tracey Emin_The Last Great Adventure is You_White Cube_exhibition_2014_art_painting_illustration_review_article_Kids of Dada

Tracey Emin at “The Last Great Adventure is You”. Image courtesy of White Cube Gallery, Bermondsey

Tracey Emin, “The Last Great Adventure is You”, 2014. Image courtesy of White Cube Gallery, Bermondsey

Tracey Emin, “The Last Great Adventure is You”, 2014. Image courtesy of White Cube Gallery, Bermondsey

 Tracey Emin as Frida Kahlo, photographed by Mary McCartney, 2010

Tracey Emin as Frida Kahlo, photographed by Mary McCartney, 2010

Tracey Emin_White Cube_exhibition_2014_art_neon_2007_review_article_Kids of Dada  Tracey Emin "People Like You Need to Fuck People Like Me", 2007

Tracey Emin "People Like You Need to Fuck People Like Me", 2007

Tracey Emin_White Cube_exhibition_2014_art_tapestry_review_article_Kids of Dada  Tracey Emin, "I do Not Expect To be a Mother" (Tapestry), 2002

Tracey Emin, "I do Not Expect To be a Mother" (Tapestry), 2002

Tracey Emin "My Photo Album", published in 2013, is a journey through the artist's life using photographs from her personal collection

Tracey Emin "My Photo Album", published in 2013, is a journey through the artist's life using photographs from her personal collection

Artist Tracey Emin reviews her hero David Bowie’s new album, "The Next Day", 2013.

Artist Tracey Emin reviews her hero David Bowie’s new album, "The Next Day", 2013.

Tracey Emin, Image taken from "My Photo Album", published in 2013. Tracey’s missing teeth are said to be caused by a calcium deficiency, exacerbated by an incident with her brother.

Image taken from "My Photo Album", published in 2013. Tracey’s missing teeth are said to be caused by a calcium deficiency, exacerbated by an incident with her brother.

Tracey Emin "Good Red Love", 2014. Image courtesy of White Cube Gallery, Bermondsey

Tracey Emin "Good Red Love", 2014. Image courtesy of White Cube Gallery, Bermondsey

 

 

 

 

Leave a comment

Please note: comments must be approved before they are published.

90'S GRUNGE WEIGHS IN ON FASHION

Smudged lipstick, lolita-esque nighties, & ripped stockings, ready to confuse & disturb

Chloe Mackey

Read more »
Share »

A SEXLESS SOCIETY IS HERE

Fashion rides the gender blending trend  

Maria Raposo

Read more »
Share »

THE HEDI SLIMANE EFFECT ON YVES SAINT LAURENT

How the designer remade the house of Yves Saint Laurent

Greg French

Read more »
Share »

NAN GOLDIN: THE BALLAD OF SEXUAL DEPENDENCY

The artist captures the essence of humanity and life on the edge

Ellie Howard

Read more »
Share »

SYNCHRODOGS: “I must be dreaming”

We speak to the photography duo about synchronicity & the power of dreams

Ellie Howard

Read more »
Share »

MEET THE ARTISTS CHINA CAN'T KEEP CONTAINED

Artists Sun Yuan & Peng Yu use dead babies & live animals in their creations to blur the lines of art & reality

Peter Yeung

Read more »
Share »

JOSEPH BEUYS: I LIKE AMERICA AND AMERICA LIKES ME

What we can learn from artist about race relations and how to heal a nation    

Peter Yeung

Read more »
Share »

THE COLLAGE RENAISSANCE

Contemporary collage is the new Pop Art collectors are buying into

Harriet Baker

Read more »
Share »

DAVID BOWIE PUSHED THE LIMITS OF MUSIC, ART & FASHION

Bowie was an artist and an explorer that embodied true individuality that our generation craves

Fiona Ma

Read more »
Share »

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY GETS HYPER-REAL

From Erwin Blumenfeld to Nick Knight, fashion constructs fantastical images

Greg French

Read more »
Share »

90'S GRUNGE WEIGHS IN ON FASHION

Smudged lipstick, lolita-esque nighties, & ripped stockings, ready to confuse & disturb

Chloe Mackey

Read more »
Share »

A SEXLESS SOCIETY IS HERE

Fashion rides the gender blending trend  

Maria Raposo

Read more »
Share »

THE HEDI SLIMANE EFFECT ON YVES SAINT LAURENT

How the designer remade the house of Yves Saint Laurent

Greg French

Read more »
Share »

NAN GOLDIN: THE BALLAD OF SEXUAL DEPENDENCY

The artist captures the essence of humanity and life on the edge

Ellie Howard

Read more »
Share »

SYNCHRODOGS: “I must be dreaming”

We speak to the photography duo about synchronicity & the power of dreams

Ellie Howard

Read more »
Share »

MEET THE ARTISTS CHINA CAN'T KEEP CONTAINED

Artists Sun Yuan & Peng Yu use dead babies & live animals in their creations to blur the lines of art & reality

Peter Yeung

Read more »
Share »

JOSEPH BEUYS: I LIKE AMERICA AND AMERICA LIKES ME

What we can learn from artist about race relations and how to heal a nation    

Peter Yeung

Read more »
Share »

THE COLLAGE RENAISSANCE

Contemporary collage is the new Pop Art collectors are buying into

Harriet Baker

Read more »
Share »

DAVID BOWIE PUSHED THE LIMITS OF MUSIC, ART & FASHION

Bowie was an artist and an explorer that embodied true individuality that our generation craves

Fiona Ma

Read more »
Share »

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY GETS HYPER-REAL

From Erwin Blumenfeld to Nick Knight, fashion constructs fantastical images

Greg French

Read more »
Share »

THE EVOCATIVE IMAGES OF STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

Eminent street photographers find beauty in the ordinary

Leah Sinclair

Read more »
Share »

THE ZINE SCENE IS BACK

Self-Publishing is Having a Moment and It’s Redefining Youth and Self Expression

Leah Sinclair

Read more »
Share »

PLASTIC PURGERY – BARBIE IN BONDAGE BREAKS THE INTERNET

Photographer Mariel Clayton Reinvents the Stereotype of the Female Form

Fiona Ma

Read more »
Share »

LOUIS VUITTON - SERIES 3 EXHIBITION

Nicolas Ghesquière: less mask, more man

Greg French

Read more »
Share »

REGENERATION OR GENTRIFICATION?

The changing face of London’s artistic communities

Peter Yeung

Read more »
Share »

INSIDE THE CHELSEA HOTEL

The legendary New York hangout of rockstars and Hollywood royalty

Ellie Howard

Read more »
Share »

IN CONVERSATION WITH OLAF BREUNING

The artist talks about the endless interpretations of his work and life

Ellie Howard

Read more »
Share »

REVEALED: KURT COBAIN'S ORIGINAL ARTWORK

A dark look into the mind of Nirvana’s tortured frontman

Daryl Mersom

Read more »
Share »

ABOUT A GIRL: TEENAGERS IN POP CULTURE

Exploring media fantasies from saints to bad-ass sinners of female youth

Leah Sinclair

Read more »
Share »

ART GONE VIRAL

Performance art videos are paving the way for activism through social media

Leah Sinclair

Read more »
Share »

IN CONVERSATION WITH ARTIST TOM LEAMON

The ritual experiments of painting and poetry

Ellie Howard

Read more »
Share »

COLLAGE ARTIST HOLLY-ANNE BUCK/COLLAGISM

We talk to the artist about playing with abstraction & reconstructing reality

Ellie Howard

Read more »
Share »

FROM UNISEX TO ANTI-FASHION

Meet Rudi Gernreich, the first gender blender fashion activist

Alessandro Esculapio

Read more »
Share »

THE REVIVAL OF WARP N’ WEFT

From artisan to art; the lost craft of tapestry is making a comeback

KOD Staff

Read more »
Share »

THE ALCHEMY OF COLLAGE: ARTISTS IRINA & SILVIU SZEKELY

Art is not art if it doesn’t generate misrepresentation, confusion, anger or sarcasm

Ellie Howard

Read more »
Share »

THE CREATIVE CLASS: MAKING IT THEIR WAY

Photographer Francesca Allen captures the talented, genuine and real

KOD Staff

Read more »
Share »

'80S ICON KEITH HARING’S POP SHOP

The Art and Commerce of Giving Back

Alessandro Esculapio

Read more »
Share »

THE DEATH OF BRONSON

The art and literature of "Charles Bronson"; Britain's most notorious prisoner

KOD Staff

Read more »
Share »

THE PSYCHEDELIC LOVE-IN OF THE FABULOUS COCKETTES

San Francisco’s original underground glitter troupe

KOD Staff

Read more »
Share »

THE MODERN DAY DANDY CULT

Old fashioned values and classic sartorial style returns to mens fashion

Ellie Howard

Read more »
Share »
Top